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Beautifully narrated

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-20

I have read all Jessie Burton’s previous books so was looking forward to this one. The cover was lovely. However it was very difficult to empathise with any of the characters. It seemed that the women in one family had all lost their mothers going back over a couple of generations. This load landed on Rose who had spent a considerable amount of her life mourning the absentee parent rather than being thankful for the lovely father she had. Think a bit of therapy early on could have saved a lot of angst. I finished it but didn’t real enjoy it. Maybe it is just me not being very sympathetic. The narrator was exceptionally good so I battled on to the end.

What a life

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-20

Having been born in Pinner and going to Pinner Grammar I listened with great interest to Elton’s early life around all the places I knew. He is few years older than me and people at school were still talking many years later about him leaving the week before his A levels. It was unheard of. Taron did a good job as a narrator and I enjoyed his portrayal of Elton in the film. His voice is quite young and didn’t quite fit with Elton’s later life experiences. Don’t know how many people were “hilarious” but it became quite grating - maybe an editor could have sorted that one. Quite brave to come out with a biography which showed ‘warts and all’. Elton has just got older like the rest of us but it took longer for him to realise it!

What joy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-20

Flicking through Audible I noticed the latest collection of Bryant and May stories; what joy. As with all short stories it is a mixed bag but enjoyable nonetheless. I have been with the two gentlemen since the beginning and dread the day when they finally retire. Having collections like this enables the PUC to never finally close. Particularly enjoy Raymond Land’s introduction with his perspective on the cases. Tim Goodman as narrator is as brilliant as ever. If I ever read Bryant and May stories in book form I hear his voice in my head!

Absolutely brilliant

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-20

I read this book many years ago. I have enjoy every Iain Banks book I have read as you never quite know what to expect. I recommended this one to a friend of mine who does a show on local radio as a book worthy of a book group with plenty to talk about. She got plenty of great feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed Helen McAlpine’s narration. Some people have complained about certain characterisations but I think that is churlish. She takes us through the narrative in the first person with other characters dropping in and out. I particularly enjoyed the innocence of Isis and her trip to London - rubber tyre, travelling on a car freight train and back busing all on a hard board! Absolutely brilliant this version truly brought the book to life.

Thoroughly enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-19

Although I am definitely outside the target audience I really enjoyed this book. Besides it was free and passed a few hours whilst sorting out Christmas stuff. Rupert Everett seemed to be having a good time as the baddie. Like the idea of him being a posh boy who was on his own with a bunch of inferiors. Poor Mrs Darling having to adopt all those lost boys at the end. I hope she got extra coupons to feed them as it was wartime. Next year I hope Audible might consider doing a production of the Box of Delights by John Masefield which was originally written for radio with ,of course, the original music. Would be perfect I think.

Wonder if I have been listening to the same book

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-19

I wonder if I have been listening to the same book as many other reviewers. Although Rory Kinnear read the book really beautifully portraying all the characters perfectly the story itself was really depressing. I am sorry but I didn’t find anything funny in it. Older teenage boy left by mother to care for his severely depressed father after bankruptcy. The boy so overwhelmed by his situation he flunks his exams and inadvertently limits his life choices. Separated from his sister so he has no relationship with her. First love, the later disappointments and finally towards the end things improve. Where was the supposed humour in it all? Maybe if I hadn’t read any of the reviews first my expectations would have been different and I might have enjoyed it more. Struggled to finish it and will be glad to immerse myself in something else.

Beautiful book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-19

When I first started to listen to it I though Tom Hanks and Woody but his voice became mesmerising. It sort of washed over me. The story came full circle although I was never sure about Danny’s mother’s actions. Maybe there was not a satisfactory reason for what she did. Why did Celeste dislike Maeve - competition? Seemed like Maeve had saved the day. Think book groups would love this book as there would be plenty of areas to discuss.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-19

Was delighted to see that Tom Cotcher was the narrator. He has narrated the occasional Rebus in the past and he is the go to Scottish storyteller. The story had so many twists and turns with a surprising ending which I did not see coming. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Having to wait for the finale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-19

This series is probably aimed at an older audience than the first Dark Materials Trilogy. There is an attempted rape which now might be considered ok for teenage fiction. Really enjoyed the reading Michael Sheen is a master of this format switching into different characters seamlessly. Now got to wait for the finale. Maybe it is already written and the publishers will delay its release to build the tension or maybe it is Michael Sheen just getting his breath back!

Brilliant Narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-19

Whilst the subject of the book was difficult- abused children, sex trafficking- the subject was dealt robustly by Jackson. Jason Isaacs is the perfect Jackson. The only problem I have is that Kate Atkinson assumes that we remember all the characters she has introduced over the years -15? They are dropped into the narrative and we are supposed to remember their back story. Kate has written the Jackson Brodie books as light relief from her more worthy novels. She has probably got a crib sheet we don’t. Did, however, enjoy the book and look forward to the next Jackson Brodie book hopefully with a personae dramatis.

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